Saturday, September 20, 2008


Stage 6. Young adulthood: 18 to 35 (From Eric Erickson's 8 Stages of Development)

"Ego Development Outcome: Intimacy and Solidarity vs. Isolation
Basic Strengths: Affiliation and Love

In the initial stage of being an adult we seek one or more companions and love. As we try to find mutually satisfying relationships, primarily through marriage and friends, we generally also begin to start a family, though this age has been pushed back for many couples who today don't start their families until their late thirties. If negotiating this stage is successful, we can experience intimacy on a deep level.

If we're not successful, isolation and distance from others may occur. And when we don't find it easy to create satisfying relationships, our world can begin to shrink as, in defense, we can feel superior to others.

Our significant relationships are with marital partners and friends."

** Thank you for the Erickson tip, Mom.


Fran├žois said...

Ha! We talked briefly about this yesterday.

Ridiculous Human Things said...

Ha! Indeed!